Once a long-time assistant softball coach at Scappoose, Lindsey Johnson knows how much potential the program possesses.
Johnson was around when winning 20 games a season was a tradition and making the playoffs was a sure thing. The Indians were a Class 4A juggernaut. The 5A level has been tougher, as anticipated. The Northwest Oregon Conference is always top tier. Scappoose went 10-13 overall, 8-8 in league and finished fifth in league behind St. Helens in its first year in the higher classification.
But Johnson has since taken over as head coach. She's ready to take the Indians back to the top of the league standings and beyond. Johnson couldn't offer a starting lineup or positions until that the evaluation process was complete and decisions of who would play where and for what team. Yet, the new skipper is confident her squad will come ready to play.
"I can tell you that we feel we will be strong defensively, we should be able to score runs, and our pitching, although potentially pretty young, has a lot of depth," Johnson said. "Our JV team will continue to be strong. They dominated league play last year and even though some of those players will move to the varsity team, we have some good, young talent coming in this year."
Historically, Putnam and Hillsboro have been strong programs, and probably will be again this season. LaSalle and St. Helens were the other two state playoff representatives last season. Milwaukie has a new coach, Parkrose has a veteran head coach and Wilsonville is usually very good in all sports, so the league will be competitive, Johnson said. Scappoose graduated quite a few seniors last season, but the Indians have some strong players returning and quite a few younger players with a lot of softball experience that will help the squad be competitive. Johnson said the team had a strong turnout in our fall and winter workouts and the players have been working hard to improve.
"We expect to be competitive in the league this year," Johnson said. "We definitely feel we have the talent to compete with any and all of the other teams in our league. However, it is a strong league with several teams that we will have to battle with for a playoff spot."
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